Sunday, November 17, 2013

"Find the Bad Guy" by Jeffrey Eugenides

Jeffrey Eugenides' "Find the Bad Guy" opens with a deliberation about the distinct smell that each home has. This small characteristic of smell is so unique, so personal, and also so obvious in our everyday world, but rarely is it mentioned in stories--although smell is a fantastic trigger of memory and so can be used every effectively in fiction; and should be used more often.

For me, it's the many, many small but important and unique details, like the smell of a home, as well as the intricacies and intimacies of the characters, their relationships and their lives that I love about this story.

Jeffrey Eugenides

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